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Running back D’Onta Foreman ended his collegiate career

in NEUES AUS ÖSTERREICH - BERICHTE AUS ÖSTERREICH 27.12.2018 03:13
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at the University of Texas with a 2 Will Fuller V Color Rush Jersey ,028 yard season, arguably operating as the only real weapon in the Longhorns offense in 2016. When he was still on the board for the Houston Texans to pick in the third round of the 2017 NFL Draft, it seemed almost too good to be true. For Foreman and many others, the Houston native was living the dream, playing for his hometown team and presented with the opportunity to be a key component in an offense run by one of the most electric quarterbacks in H-Town history, Deshaun Watson. While Foreman got off to a slow start, his size and shiftiness served him well, as he gobbled up 4.2 yards per play in his rookie season. He really seemed to be the perfect compliment to the Lamar Miller / Alfred Blue running back room - a big back who didn’t shy away from contact yet had the uncanny ability to make tacklers miss. While 4.1 yards per carry isn’t Hall of Fame quality, doing so behind the worst offensive line in the NFL as a rookie was pretty impressive. Unfortunately, D’Onta Foreman tore his Achilles last November. Anyone who has ever paid attention to the Houston Texans’ running game is all too familiar with this injury after what happened to Arian Foster. A few weeks ago, the Texans brought Foreman back to practice and have until December 6th to activate him to the 53-man roster.Foreman says he’s ready to play again.But head coach Bill O’Brien disagrees, most likely due to input from the team’s medical staff.With Lamar Miler lighting the world on fire, Deshaun Watson more than eager to take all the yards the defense will let him and Alfred Blue still happily pounding the A-Gap for 3.4 yards a carry (just enough to be considered a positive run), the Texans do have the luxury of being patient with Foreman. Still, the clock is ticking.December 6th is just a week away. If Houston does activate Foreman, someone will have to exit the 53-man roster to make room. With the injury bug ready to bite at any moment, it’s easy to understand the hesitancy of Texans’ leadership in this situation. An Achilles tear is a huge deal.Bringing Foreman back too soon could jeopardize or end his career, and removing a contributing player from the current roster to roll those dice could be a fool’s errand. Yet if Foreman really is good to go, having his fresh legs for December and January might help make the difference between a deep playoff run and an early exit. What do you think? Should Houston put Foreman back on the shelf until 2019 or should they throw him at the A-Gap on December 9th when Andrew Luck and the Indianapolis Colts come to town to challenge Houston for the AFC South crown? Even with last week’s huge swing in fortunes by the Bills, Giants, Seahawks Ryan Griffin Color Rush Jersey , Lions and Browns, there remain lots of questions about each of them.At least they aren’t winless.Then there are the projected contenders who are struggling through three games: New England, Atlanta, Green Bay, Minnesota, Pittsburgh and the Chargers.Several figure to get going: the Patriots always seem to, and get Julian Edelman back in Week 5; the Packers when Aaron Rodgers is healthier; the Steelers if things ever calm down in the locker room.Unfortunately, the injuries that have ravaged the Falcons might be too much to overcome.Still, they have a win, which is more than Houston , Oakland and Arizona can say. Man, are things getting ugly in those places.“It’s frustrating,” says Texans coach Bill O’Brien, whose team has been outscored only 74-59. “It is, but that’s the way it is. That’s the NFL. These are close games and it’s the team that doesn’t beat themselves that ends up winning, and we’ve been beating ourselves too much.”As have the Raiders , who can’t hold onto a lead. They are the second team in the past 20 seasons to start the season with three straight losses after leading the first three games at halftime.“Nobody cares right now. They want results,” returning coach Jon Gruden insists. “We want to win. I think the players see a lot of things to be confident about, but we know we got to finish football games much better.” The Cardinals need to start and finish games much better. They were blown out in their first two matches, then led Chicago for most of last Sunday’s game before folding.“The guys are disappointed, they’re down D'Onta Foreman Color Rush Jersey , but they understand right now it’s still early,” new coach Steve Wilks says. “We need to find a way to finish football games, as we did not do (Sunday).”Wilks is correct that it is still early, and 0-3 is not a sentence to purgatory for the remainder of the schedule. Last season, the Chargers began 0-4 and nearly made the playoffs.The difference between these three 2018 stragglers and the 2017 Chargers is, for one, talent.Let’s start with Oakland.RAIDERSWhen Gruden and upper management opted to deal Khalil Mack, it not only was a massive hit to the linebacker position, but to the entire defense. Super defenders such as Mack are like a Tom Brady on the other side of the ball, making everyone around them better.His departure created a major void in the locker room as well. Sometimes a player is worth whatever he’s asking, or close to it. This seems to be such a case.Opponents can run on the Raiders, and there’s virtually no one to fear as a pass rusher. Oakland has a total of three sacks and one takeaway.Only Buffalo in the AFC has scored fewer than the Raiders’ 52 points. The passing game hasn’t flopped, but Derek Carr has been picked off five times already; he threw 13 last year. Marshawn Lynch, to his credit, has three rushing touchdowns, but otherwise the ground game has been mediocre.All of that enthusiasm in the Bay Area has been dampened by the Mack trade and the 0-3 record. Should the Raiders fall to the Browns on Sunday, whatever honeymoon period Gruden had would be over.CARDINALSThis is the least surprising of the early collapses. While Arizona went 8-8 last season, it lost so much offensive firepower and brain power that having scored 20 points so far — the next-worse team is Dallas with 41 — isn’t shocking.Coach Bruce Arians, all three quarterbacks, including solid veteran Carson Palmer, and wideouts John Brown and Jaron Brown are all gone. The new attack installed for Wilks by Mike McCoy has been a dud despite the presence of versatile running back David Johnson Andre Johnson Color Rush Jersey , who missed all but the opener last year, and all-time receiving great Larry Fitzgerald.Only the Jets have more giveaways than Arizona’s seven, and now rookie QB Josh Rosen gets the call. He likes to gamble, which could lead to a lot more turnovers.The defense under Wilks can get to the quarterback. It hasn’t done much else, though.TEXANSThis slump is most confounding.Unlike the Cardinals, the Texans got back a ton of skill in J.J. Watt — the NFL’s best defender when he has been healthy — Whitney Mercilus and Deshaun Watson. Many prognosticators picked them to win the AFC South or contend for a wild card in an improved division.Instead, the Texans have been perhaps the biggest disappointment of September. Watson hasn’t been nearly as dynamic as in his six starts of 2017 before tearing up his knee. The offense has sputtered badly in the red zone.Watt had a big second half against the Giants last Sunday, the first time he’s looked like a star.Of the three winless teams, though, Houston would seem to be the best bet to get headed in an upward direction.“There’s no magic dust, there’s no magic wand we can just say, ‘Hey, wave this magic wand and everything’s going to be OK,'” O’Brien says. “It’s hard work, it’s trying to figure out what we do best, do it better, and the things we’re not doing well, either stop doing them or figure out how to improve them.“There’s no other way out of it. There’s no choice. … You have to go to work and you have to figure it out. That’s sports, that’s life and that’s the way it is.”

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